‘Daredevil’ Nickell to vault for Missouri S&T

Nixa track and field coach Lance Brumley knows what he’s getting into with pole vaulters like Joseph Nickell.

“Pole vaulters come with a certain amount of daredevil in their lives — sometimes to their detriment,” Brumley said. “They can find themselves in a situation with a foot injury, for instance.”

That wasn’t just a hypothetical. But Nickell overcame that early-season foot injury to wrap up a solid season with an all-state performance and sign a letter of intent to vault for the Missouri University of Science and Technology.

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